USCJ National Medical Insurance Program
with congregational leaders, an overwhelming majority have told
us that one of your biggest challenges is obtaining high-quality,
cost-effective health insurance for your employees.
For the last
two years, we have worked assiduously to research this complex issue and see if
we could leverage the size of our synagogue community to create a workable plan
that would meet your needs. Many of you helped in this effort by sharing data
that our consultant used to go to the insurance market and obtain projected
We are very pleased to tell you that we now
have a real, viable plan to offer our kehillot
, and that our Board of
Directors has just approved presenting the plan to USCJ members. Based on your
response, the board will make a
decision about whether to launch the initiative.
Now it’s up to you
only way this groundbreaking initiative can work is if enough congregations
decide to sign up. If you are interested, you must let us know by returning the
Letter of Intent
and Employee Census
need these documents no later than March 3, 2014. (You
must resend the census even if you have already done so
. See “What You Need To Do
We hope you will give this initiative serious consideration.
By joining, you will gain a well-priced, high-quality plan managed by a third
party administrator and providing health insurance on the same level as major
the plan is very likely to save you money – for some kehillot right away and for
others beginning in the second year. Our test-marketing with several kehillot
showed this savings to be in the range of 15 to 20 percent over a two- to
three-year period. The plan will also save you the time and difficulty of
searching for good, affordable health insurance for your staff.
To help you
decide if the plan is right for your congregation, read a detailed description
of the program here
will also find FAQs
to help you
estimate what the cost to your kehilla would be.
answer your questions we have also set up the following:
- A National Health Care
hotline at 201-377-3407. You will
speak directly to our health insurance consultants who can answer any of your
- Three WebEx information sessions, which were held January 15 and 16. Listen to a recording of the January 15 WebEx.
So please, look
over the information, and call the hotline if needed. Then, if you’d like to participate, let us know by
sending back your information by March 3
can move this major initiative forward and help you and all of our kehillot
meet the health care challenge.